grind·​stone | \ ˈgrīn(d)-ˌstōn How to pronounce grindstone (audio) \

Definition of grindstone

2 : a flat circular stone of natural sandstone that revolves on an axle and is used for grinding, shaping, or smoothing

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Examples of grindstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Things are about to pick up at work, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and put your nose to the grindstone! Tarot Astrologers,, 13 Dec. 2021 Working doesn’t have to be nose-to-the-grindstone misery. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 Starting today, Mars may get your nose to the grindstone, encouraging you to focus on practical work. Tarot Astrologers,, 29 July 2021 It’s like nose to the grindstone, sunup to sundown and longer. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2021 In July and August, keep your nose pressed firmly to the grindstone and gather the experience needed to achieve your ambitions. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 13 May 2021 Some players just keep their nose to the grindstone, without bright lights or cameras. Kyle Kelly, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2021 Her nose-to-the-grindstone approach is probably the only thing keeping her going. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2021 Her debut solo album Reckless, which arrived in March, carries the ragged edge of a singer-songwriter who’s been putting her nose to the grindstone for some time. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of grindstone

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grindstone was in the 13th century

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15 Dec 2021

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“Grindstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of grindstone

: a stone disc that can be turned like a wheel and that is used for sharpening tools, smoothing rough edges, etc.


grind·​stone | \ ˈgrīnd-ˌstōn How to pronounce grindstone (audio) \

Kids Definition of grindstone

: a flat round stone that turns to sharpen or shape things

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